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[A/N] Hi! I know not many people are reading this.. but hopefully more will soon! I would REALLY like to know what people think of my story, so could you review? Please? *gets on knees and begs* PLEASE?

LoL, okay, enough with that. I know that I only posted the first chapter yesterday, and to be truthful, it was boring, so I decided to post this one early. The next one probbaly won't be up as early. ^_^

Disclaimer: I own nothing but Aria, Carina and the other characters I made up, and the plot. If I owned Harry Potter, my name would be Joanne Rowling, and I definitely wouldn't be writing this fanfiction. :)


Chapter 2-
Conflicts


Lily woke up the next morning way too late for her liking. Lily Evans was allways up at the crack of dawn, but now it was 11:47 AM. She got up grumbling, and headed to the shower.

20 minutes later, Lily was dressed in jean shorts and a tank top, and was eating toast at the kitchen table while the rest of her family ate lunch.

Lily's mother and father stood up and cleared their throat. Lily looked at them, confused, as did Petunia. "We're going on a second honeymoon on Friday. You girls will be fine on your own for a week won't you?"

Lily smiled at her parents. "Of course we will. You just go and have fun."

Petunia rolled her eyes at Lily. "I'm going to Vernon's." was all she said, and then left.

Lily finished eating her toast and felt something furry touch her leg. She jumped but soon saw that it was only her chocolate lab, Cocoa. "Hey baby!" Lily cooed to her 4 year old puppy while petting him. "Wanna go for a walk honey?" she asked. The puppy's ears perked up and he barked.

Lily laughed and pulled on her sneakers, grabbed the leash and left with a wave to her parents.





James was bored. Really bored. There was nothing to do in his house, he wasn't allowed to play Quidditch for 2 weeks because that was his punishment for trying to beat up Brandon, and he had no friends over. Sirius was still at his parent's house, and so was Remus, and Peter.

He sighed and glanced out the window. His heart fluttered. Lily was walking past his house with her dog. Her long hair was up in a loose ponytail, and she was wearing short shorts and a tank top. Suddenly, James had the urge to go for a walk.





Lily walked past the Potter's house, hoping that James hadn't seen her. Her hopes went unanswered however, as the door of the house opened and a tall boy with unruly hair came outside, spotted her, and jogged towards her flashing Lily his award winning smile that made most girls swoon.

That smile didn't work on Lily though. It just annoyed her.

"Hey Evans!" came that infuriating voice. Lily gritted her teeth. "Hello Potter." she answered.

"What'cha doing?" James asked her, determined to have a civilized conversation with her.

Lily sighed in exasperation. It was bizarre how quickly James could get on her nerves. "Taking my dog for a walk. What does it look like?"

James was taken aback by her tone of voice. It had only been a simple question! "Oh, Umm... Mum wanted to know if you could babysit Sarah tonight."

Lily shrugged. "Sure I'll babysit. What time?"

"Err... I think she said 7... or maybe it was 8... I don't remember" James said, feeling stupid.

Lily rolled her eyes. "Okay, I'll be there at 7. Is that all? I was looking foreward to a leisurely walk with my dog without being pestered." Lily said, not realizing how mean she sounded.

James sighed. Although he was used to Lily's mean behavior, it still hurt him. "Yeah that's all. See you." he said, and with that he turned and left.

Lily stared after him, feeling confused and slightly guilty. I was just a bitch to him wasn't I? Lily sighed and continued with her walk. He had actually been civil to talk to, she couldn't say the same for herself however.

Confused, Lily continued on her walk, lost in thought. About James, no less. It was probably the first time she ever thought about him for longer than 2 seconds.

No, wait... I think about him a lot don't I? Lily was disgusted with herself. But, it's usually how annoying he is that I'm thinking about, so that's normal.

'You're still thinking about him.'
came that stupid voice in her head. Lily scowled. "I'm going insane. I'm talking to myself for Christ's sake!" she muttered to herself.

"Bah..." Lily grumbled to herself. "I'm going home. Come on boy!" she said to her dog, and she headed back to her house.





A few hours later, Lily lay on her bed with her headphones on, singing, and reading letters from her 3 best friends Aria, Carina and Remus.


Lily,
Hey hun! I hope your enjoying your summer so far... even though I did only see you yesterday. But anyway... I hope Petunia isn't being the normal bitch, although I know she is. Is James being berable? You know Lils, he isn't really that bad. Anyway, I really hope Rina's parents are treating her okay. Errg, I hate them. I know that Sirius is probably gonna take off to James' so you'll probably have more company, ha ha.
Anyway, sometime we should get together and see if Carina can come too. Tomorrow I'm headed to the beach for a week, so we'll hang after that okay? See ya then, and if you don't write back, there shall be consequenses! ;-P
Love,
Aria



Lily grinned as she finished reading it. Aria Smith was the one in her group of friends that could allways make anybody smile. She got excited easily, and was often hyper, rebellious, and outspoken. She had long, golden blonde hair and pretty bluish green eyes. Aria was one of the prettiest girls in the school, but rarely had a boyfriend because she refused to be tied down until she found 'the one'.

Lily re-read the letter. James being berable? I think not. Suddenly she had a mental image of James dancing with Marge and she snorted with laughter before reading the next letter.


Lily,
Oh my gosh my family is driving me INSANE! I hate them I hate them I HATE THEM!!! (except for Sirius of course) Regulus is just being the snotty little bastard like allways and my parents have actually taken to... nevermind.
Sorry if that seemed a little un-like me, but I had to get it out. I can't wait until next year when I won't have to come back here. The only thing that is keeping me sane is Sirius, but he's planning on leaving and going to James', and I can't go.
Anyway, on to happier things. I hope your first day of summer is better than mine. Aria seems to be having a good time. Lucky her, she gets to go get a tan at the beach.
Have you heard from Remus lately?
Umm... I better get going. I really hope your doing okay, and if your not, don't hesitate to complain to me as I just did. Please write me back soon!
Love,
Carina



Lily frowned as she read the letter. It didn't sound like Carina at all. She was usually the complete opposite of her twin except for in looks. Carina had long dark hair and pale blue eyes just like Sirius', but where Sirius was loud, rambunctious, and couldn't care less for rules, Carina was quieter, cared about her studies, and was the kind of person who you could tell anything to, and she loved to help everybody.

While Lily worried about her friend, she couldn't help but grin when she just mentioned Remus out of nowhere. Lily had suspected that Carina had liked Remus for quite a long time, but she would often deny it.

Lily decided to read the last letter before replying to all three, so she opened the one from Remus.


Hey Lily,
I'm bored, and I decided to write you instead of starting that Potions essay for Whitly. Anyway, has your sister been treating you okay? And more importantly, has James been acting like an idiot? 'Cause you know, he really isn't that bad.
Of course, I am one of his best friends, so I'm inclined to say that anyway, but if he was completely horrible, I wouldn't be friends with him would I?
Have you heard from Carina lately? I just got a message from Sirius, and I'm worried that their parents are being their normal, pure-blood obsessive selves and hating the both of them.
Well... I'll probably see you in a few weeks, 'cause James' birthday is on the 23rd and I'm obviously going to be there.
Of course, he'd have my hide if I didn't show up on his doorstep with a gift.
The only thing is, that the 22nd is a full moon. (makes face here) So that sucks.
I'll talk to you later!
Remus



Lily couldn't help but laugh. Remus asked about Carina, Carina asked about him. 'They're both just too thick to see it themselves.' Lily thought, smirking.

Remus Lupin was one of Lily's closest friends. It was sort of weird that he was best friends with both James, who Lily hated so much, but friends with Lily too. He had shaggy light brown hair, and bright blue eyes. He was quite good looking, just like James and Sirius, and was sought after by girls nearly as much.

But he was worried about Sirius and Carina too. Hopefully Carina would be here or at Aria's soon, so that everybody would be able to stop worrying. Of course, Lily had to worry about Remus too. She was one of the few who knew about his lycanthropy, and every month she would get extrenely worried causing Carina and Aria to worry about her.

Lily sang especially loud as she set to answering her friends letters, and didn't realize that she was being watched.

James Potter had heard Lily singing, not for the first time, and was entranced by the sound. She was a terrific singer. Every note made him shiver. He was watching her read her letters, smiling sometimes, frowning other times. He loved it when she laughed at something, because he didn't get to hear it very often. Lily was so much prettier when she smiled, but usually when she was around him, all he got to hear was her yelling at him. He sighed and glanced at the clock. Nearly 7. Lily'd be over there soon to babysit Sarah. James didn't want to be yelled at again, so he decided that he was going to go out somewhere when she got there.





"Come on Cari, please leave with me?" Sirius begged his twin for the thousandth time. To his dismay, she shook her head. Sirius growled and sat down on the floor, leaning up against his bed. Hers was across the room. Their parents hated them so much, they didn't even get their own rooms.

He didn't understand it. "Why won't you leave? They're horrible! They've allready started hitting me, soon it could be you!" he said, worry evident in his voice. Why wouldn't she listen to him?

Carina sighed and sat down next to her twin. "Sirius, I'm scared to leave. What if they find us? They'd most likely kill us, or close to it... And we have nowhere to go! Or any way to get there!"

She told him, tears welling up in her eyes, not for the first time in the past 2 days.

Sirius sighed too, and looked his sister in the eye. "Rina, we can go to James' or even Lily's. They live right next door to each other. You know that, they've let us stay there before."

She opened her mouth to speak, but Sirius kept talking. "We have that motorcycle that Uncle Alfred gave me. We could leave on that, and if they found us, we could go to the ministry. I won't let them hurt you."

Carina opened her mouth to respond when the door flung open and a younger boy with dark, greasy hair stood there smirking. Sirius and Carina glared at their brother.

"Go away Regulus." Sirius said through gritted teeth. Regulus just smirked.

"Trying to run away? Oh ho, Mum and Dad won't like this." He shot them an evil smile before leaving the room quickly yelling for his parents.

All of the colour had drained from Sirius' and Carina's faces. "Oh god." she wimpered. Sirius looked around the room. He heard angry footsteps

coming up the hall. He had to hide his sister, but it was too late. An evil, dark haired, ugly man stood at the doorway. Regulus was right behind him, and an horrid looking woman was behind him. They were all glaring, save for Regulus who was just grinning evilly. Sirius glared defiantly back and stood protectively in front of Carina.

"Trying to run away to your mudblood loving friend again?" sneered Mr. Black, stepping inside of the room. Sirius didn't answer. "Answer boy!"

Sirius still didn't answer.

"You can't leave us. You have nowhere to go! You'd die of living on the streets, and you'd take your sister with you." Mrs. Black tutted.

"It'd be better than living here." Sirius shot back. Behind him Carina gasped, knowing what was coming next.

"You little insolent, ungrateful, wretch!" shrieked Mrs. Black. "You can't leave here! I forbid it! You would bring dishonour to the Black name!"

"Dishonour?" asked Sirius in disbelief, "Your the ones who dishonour the god damn family name! With all of your pure blooded madness! And..." he went to go on, but his father started advancing on him, so he stopped talking and just glared at his father, waiting for the blow that was sure to come. Sure enough, his father's fist collided with Sirius' allready sore jaw and he fell backwords. But he wouldn't let his father of having the pleasure of knowing that he had hurt his son. Instead Sirius just stared back, unaware that he was bleeding.

Carina watched in horror as her father advanced on her twin for the second time. Suddenly, she felt somebody grab her wrist and looked up to see her evil mother, grinning wickedly at her and tightening her grip. Carina glared at her, trying not to look towards Sirius and her father. She knew what was happening, and was powerless to stop it.

Suddenly, Carina heard Sirius let out a howl of pain. She was startled, and looked towards him finally. What she saw made more tears pour from her eyes. Her father had confured a whip, and was whipping Sirius! She let out a noise that made her sound like a wounded puppy dog. She wanted to help her twin somehow, but she couldn't. Her mother had a firm grip on her wrist, and she wasn't about to let go.

Finally, Mr. Black through the whip to the side of the room and hissed, "Allways remember. The Blacks are allways 'Toujours Pur'. Now shutup and start your work.

Sirius had had enough. His entire body felt like it was on fire, but he wasn't going to take this any longer. "No." he said.

"No?" said his father menacingly.

"You heard me. I'm leaving. You can't make me stay. And Carina's coming with me." Sirius said, and tried to walk towards his twin, but the rest of the 'family' got in his way.

"She's staying with us. Maybe we can knock some sense into her, even though we couldn't do it with you."

Sirius was torn. He couldn't just leave Carina to suffer the rath from his family could he? No. He refused to. He sighed in defeat. Then he noticed that his father was grinning rather criminally. Sirius stayed on his guard.

"She's staying. But you are not. Get out of this house. I never want to see your ungrateful face again."

Sirius gaped in shock. He couldn't leave Carina there! "No! She's coming with me!" His father came towards him and took ahold of his arm, and started to drag him out, with the help of Regulus. "NO!" Sirius screamed out.

Carina was in shock. Her parents couldn't throw Sirius out! She'd be all alone with her horrible family! More tears flowed down her cheeks. She had never been away from Sirius for very long either.

She caught his eye, and he tried to reassure her that everything would be allright, but neither one of them believed it. All Sirius saw when he looked into Carina's eyes was 'Don't leave me!' and fear. His father and brother, whom he would no longer call that, dragged him, kicking and screaming all the way downstairs and out the front door where they finally let go of him.

"Don't you dare do anything to her." Sirius said. The two of them started to laugh manically and didn't respond. They just retreated back inside the house. Sirius had rage builtt up inside him and he screamed in frustration. What could he do now? He had to get Carina out of there! But how?

He didn't know what to do. He really wanted some advice, so Sirius decided to go seek help from his best friend, James Potter.





James was wandering around the neighbourhood. He was incredibly bored, but he didn't really want to go back home and do something stupid that would most likely result in him getting told off by Lily. He sighed and sat down on a swing at a playground near his home.

Suddenly, James got a weird feeling in the pit of his stomache, like something was wrong. He looked around at the dark, quiet playground. It was quiet, but James couldn't shake off that erie feeling, so he decided to head home.

Back at James' house, Lily and Sarah had just taken a batch of cookies out of the oven and were happily eating them. It was pretty much the usual routine when Lily babysat.

"Lily, wanna do a puzzle?" Sarah asked Lily, her eyes shining. Lily smiled. "Sure sweetheart, you go get it, and I'll clean up here."

"Okay!" said Sarah happily, and she bounced off to go find her puzzle. Lily started on the dishes, and when Sarah got back she was nearly done.

"Found it!" said Sarah. Lily turned around grinning, but her expression turned to one of concern when she saw Sarah's face. "Honey, are you sure your feeling all right? Maybe you should go to bed. It is 9:30."

Sarah's face was suddenly pale, but she shook her head. "No, I want to do the puzzle!"

Lily sighed, but nodded. They sat down at the kitchen table. Lily remembered Ms. Potter saying something about Sarah not feeling that well. They set to work on putting the puzzle together, but it was harder than usual as the pictures were moving.

All of a sudden, Sarah started to cough and splutter. "Sarah honey, are you okay?" asked Lily, concerned, and she went closer to the little girl.

Suddenly she turned an ghostly white, and was still coughing. Sarah started to throw up, but it was blood that was coming out of her mouth. Lily screamed and her mind raced. She pulled Sarah into her arms, ready to floo to St. Mungo's, when the door opened, and James came in. At the exact same moment, the little girl went limp in Lily's arms.

Lily screamed again and tears filled her eyes as she desperately checked Sarah's pulse. It was low. She ran towards the fire, shaking when she heard a voice behind her.

"What's going on? Sarah? SARAH!" came James troubled voice as he came closer. He saw Sarah, gulped and looked up at the obviously shaken Lily.

"We need to get her to St. Mungo's!" Lily said, almost hysterical. "I don't know what happened! One minute she was fine, the next she was looking a bit peaky, and then boom!" She cried, tears rolling down her cheeks.

James got a lump in his throat looking at the two of them. "Come on!" he yelled gruffly, bringing them to the fireplace. Together the 3 of them
flooed to St. Mungo's.

James and Lily rushed through the people to get to the front desk. "Help!" Lily yelped. A woman in lime green robes spotted her with Sarah and immediately took the little girl into her arms. "Wait here." was all she said, before disappearing with a bunch of other healers.

Lily sat down in the waiting room, still shaking uncontrollobly. James sat down next to her, a worried expression on his face. James suddenly saw the state that Lily was in, and he didn't even think, he just acted. He put his arm around the red haired beauty and said in a soothing voice, "Sarah'll be okay now. She's in safe hands. Don't worry."

For some reason, having James' arm around her and his words made Lily calm down slightly. She stopped shaking and smiled slightly at him. "Somebody needs to tell your mum. Do you want to stay here, and me go get them?"

James nodded. "Okay, you know where they are right?"

Lily nodded, and left immediately. She flooed back to the Potter's house, and was startled to hear a rapping at the door. She hesitantly looked out.

It was Sirius.

Confused, she opened the door. He eyed her suspiciously.

"Evans? What are you doing here? Where's James?" he asked, Lily was surprised at his tone. It was anxious, defeated, determined, and worried all in one.

"He's... at the hospital with Sarah..." she said, and her voice broke.

"WHAT?" exclamed Sirius, pushing past her. "What happened? Why are you covered in blood?" he asked her, looking concerned and worried.

"Sarah collasped while I was babysitting her. I was just about to get her parents." Lily explained, still choking back tears and heading back over to the fireplace.

"Oh, I'm going to St. Mungo's then. Will you be okay?" he asked, noticing how upset she was. Lily nodded, but Sirius realized that she was definitely not okay.

"Oookay... well you go on back to the hospital. I'll go get the Potters. Where are they?"

Lily sighed, and told him. He gave her a brief hug, which surprised her, but made her feel better anyway, and then she returned to the hospital.

"Where are they?" James asked when he saw her coming.

"Sirius showed up. He's gone to get them." she told him. James looked surprised. "Oh."

10 minutes later, Mr. and Mrs. Potter rushed in, followed by Sirius. They spotted Lily and James and headed straight for them. "What happened?"

Mrs. Potter demanded. Lily explained everything, and then they all just sat down to wait, except for Mr. Potter, who was insisting to see his daughter, but the healer wouldn't let him yet.

Once everybody had calmed down somewhat, James turned to look at Sirius questioningly. "So, what happened?" he asked his friend.

Sirius sighed and his face suddenly took on a look that said that he was furious. "They kicked me out."

"WHAT?!" James and Lily both cried in disbelief. James and Sirius both looked at her. She blushed. "Sorry, I couldn't help but overhear."

Sirius sighed, and suddenly Lily noticed his shirt was ripped. Underneath, the skin was raw, irritated and cut. She gasped. "What happened to you?" she asked, her eyes filling up at the sight. Sirius moved away from her and looked at the floor.

James saw what Lily was looking at and he took in a sharp breath. "They didn't..." he said, shocked. Sirius just nodded grimly.

James clenched his fists. "Those bastards!" he cursed. Sirius buried his face in his hands. "That's not the worst of it." he mumbled.

Lily looked at him, tears rolling down her cheeks. She hadn't realized that the Black's were that bad. How could they beat their own son? Suddenly something clicked with Lily and she looked at Sirius in horror. "Where's Carina?" she asked in a deadly whisper.

Sirius looked up at her, pain in his eyes. "They wouldn't let her leave." he said. Lily started to cry more, out of worry for her friend, Sarah, and for Sirius. This was turning out to be a horrible night.

James didn't know what to do. He desperately wanted to confort Lily, but he didn't know what to say, and he was so pissed off at Sirius' parents right now, all he wanted to do was hit something. What if Carina was hurting right now? She and James had never been really close, but they were still friends, just as Lily and Remus were friends. James laughed bitterly. Aria, Remus and Peter were relaxing at home right now, with no worries.

Sirius just sat there sullenly. Everything just sucked at the moment. Carina was still with his parents, Lily was crying silently, James looked utterly furious, and little Sarah was in there fighting for her life. Sirius felt a lump grow in his throat. He hadn't seen Sarah in a long time, and he was quite attached to the kid.

The night was long, worrisome, and overall uneventful. About 11:30, Lily realized that her parents had no idea where she was. She was extremely reluctant to leave, but she knew she had to. She stood up and gave Sirius and James a brief hug. It was really weird, how Lily could hate them both one minute and now she was giving them both hugs. She just felt so horrible.

"Let me know what happens." she said quietly. Ms. Potter nodded and gave her a hug. With that, Lily sighed and left without another word. When she got home, she ran up to her bed and after changing, fell ontop of it. She lay there under her blankets, and started to cry all over again. After a long while, she finally fell asleep and was lost in a world full of dreams.

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